Photogallery: CZ: Winter Šumava I
CZ: Winter Šumava I
heading (paragraph): Nature
No. of pictures: 30 pictures
Snow covered nature in forest, frosty air, used trail, falling snow flakes and peaceful quiet everywhere... simply idyl in Šumava. One of the most popular places among tourists and photographs is Povydří – a valley of rock formations, snowy pine trees and the River Vydra. Many reservations and protected natural areas are within the area of the National Park Šumava. The most famous is the Boubín Forest. .
Text and photo: Monika Babická
Are you attracted to hiking in winter? Today we will introduce you to 5 places that are definitely worth a visit. Both skiers and tourists will enjoy themselves here. Let yourself be carried away by the frosty atmosphere and magical views.
Many parts of the Bohemian Forest belong to those corners of the Czech Republic that are still waiting to be discovered. Let's walk together on a beautiful nature trail near Domažlice. At a time when spring was only slowly beginning to fight winter.
Near Pilsen, in the small town of Plasy, there is a cistercian monastery founded by Vladislav II. In 1421, however, the Hussites burned it down. The Baroque appearance of the monastery and adjacent buildings is the work of the architects Jan Blazej Santini-Aichel and Jean Baptist Mathey, who from 1661 to 1739 led the rebuilding works of the monastery to the form we may see today.
Near Zelezna Ruda town, there are two amazing glacial lakes. The large one, Cerne Lake, is the largest lake in the Czech Republic. It partially came into existance thanks to the work of the men.
If you like cross-country skiing, Sumava is the best place for you. The landscape is beautiful and its relief of mild uphill and long downhill terrain makes it great for cross-country skiing. When you are not into fast paced skiing on Sumava's trails, you can enjoy beautiful nature and local specialties. I present several tips to make interesting trips around Prasily, Srni, Modrava and Kvilda.
Are you not sure where to go in the Sumava? In case car is not a option for you, Mount Spicak and its surroundings are great option. The nature is amazing, vistas great and there are two glacial lakes.
On the border of the Šumava Nature Park and the Kochánov Nature Park you can find a village called Javorná next to the main road from Klatovy to Železná Ruda. Stop for a moment at the local church of st. Anna with unique shingle towers or Javorna straight as a great base for walking and cycling around.
Hojsova Stráž may not be as busy as Špičák and Železná Ruda, especially if you come here out of season. As a starting point for a hike to the Pancířský ridge, it is ideal, but count on your sweating when climbing the Můstek. In addition, there are many attractions in the village itself.
The peak of Poledník near Prášil, visible from afar, is easily recognizable thanks to the lookout tower, which is one of the highest buildings of this type in our republic.
The highest castle in Bohemia, the largest water area in Bohemia, the largest national park in Bohemia, the largest network of cycling and cycling routes in Bohemia and perhaps the best active holiday in Bohemia.
No matter what direction you come to Sušice, the Stráž hill with the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angels cannot be overlooked. Together with Svatobor, it belongs to the unmistakable landmarks of this town of Šumava.
The town was founded embraced by the wide valley of the Otava River under the Svatobor ridge as early as the arrival of the Slavs. The wealth of Sušice brought mostly gold panning in the Otava and the Golden Path. But the most famous dry goods are undoubtedly Solo matches. The factory for their production was built in 1839 in the city and operated until 2008.
Mere 4 km west from Domazlice, there is the birth place of farmer Jan Sladky known as Kozina who fought for the rights of the Chods. He was also a character in A. Jirasek’s epic Psohlavci. In the town of Ujezd, you can see Kozina’s birth house, his memorial on Hradek Hill, and a nature trail with 15 stops.
Last week, we visited the European Capital of Culture for 2015 – Plzen. Today we continue in the tour of the city. We focus on experiences and events you shouldn’t miss.
Almost a hundred thousand city in south Bohemia would deserve more attention. It shouldn’t be known only as “tourist suburbs” of Cesky Krumlov as it is known today. The royal city on the confluence of the Malse and Vltava impresses with its historical core; especially with Premysl Otakar II square with the baroque Samson’s Fountain and the town hall.
Susice is famous for its factory on matches production. Among the paddlers it is known for its camp. It is from there when many of them start their journey on the Otava river. Its locationa on the very border with Sumava National Park and Landscape Park Sumava makes it important for tourism.
A town near Castle Kasperk, well, actually below it, is a gem of Sumava. Right at the first sight many tourists fall in love with it. It is an ideal base camp for trips to the surroundings; either by walk or by bike.
A town near Lipno water dam is reachable by ferry, train, car, or along some of bike trails. From the dam it ascends to a forest park Dobra Voda to places where are views of Sumava, Lipno water dam, and in case of good weather also the Alps. Across the town goes a nature trail named in honor of poet A. Stifter born in Sumava.
Kvilda is a small alpine town with an old history of gold placer mining crossed by the Golden route, a trading route. Today it is a busy and popular tourist center, it is an area of marshlands, mixed forests and neighboring towns that together create an area known as Kvildsko. It is a region at 1000 meters above the sea level with a calm climate and despite this fact you can find here many rare plants.
The Šumava National Park begins with this border town that has a history of lumbering. The surrounding of this town is mostly hills and mountains and Stožec is the highest of them (1065 m n. m.). Once there was a castle that didn’t survive until present. A railroad (since 1910) and the River Studená Vltava cross the town.
Its unique defense mechanism allowed it to quickly flood moats around the castle and also turn dirt into mud. The castle drained water from the Uhlava and therefore Svihov became basically impenetrable fortress. Let’s see this unique and greatly designed structure, well at least what has remained of it. Yet it is still awesome.
People who love history will appreciate the following tip. In fabulous landscape of the Sumava with splendid panoramas and easy terrain there is Klatovy where you can take a nice break from everyday worries.
Virgin forest of Boubín (920-1110 m) is the second oldest national nature reservation of Czech Repuiblic, formed mostly by pine-tree crops. Moreover, you can find here also fir-woods, elms and maples-sycamore.
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